Xi Jinping warns Party faithful against ideological weakenss which caused Soviets’ collapse

Xi Jinping warns Party faithful against ideological weakenss which caused Soviets’ collapse

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com New Chinese leader Xi Jinping has flatly ruled out political reform in an unpublished internal speech during his recent tour of the quasi-capitalist Guangdong Province. According to a transcript of the speech obtained by East-Asia-Intel.com, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary bitterly accused party members who favored […]

Hustling, bustling Hong Kong still Asia’s financial leader, but its fortunes again tied to Mainland

Hustling, bustling Hong Kong still Asia’s financial leader, but its fortunes again tied to Mainland

Sol W. Sanders   An old saw has it that only the British would build a city on a small, mountainous, rocky, waterless island and only the Chinese would live in it. Something of a backwater until 1949 when the miseries and violence of Mao Tse-tung and the Communists inflicted on the Mainland of China […]

Xi Jinping cracks down, taking a page from Chairman Mao’s radical playbook

Xi Jinping cracks down, taking a page from Chairman Mao’s radical playbook

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While China’s new supremo has made rhetorical pledges about following in the reformist footsteps of Deng Xiaoping, General Secretary Xi Jinping has adopted measures that smack a lot more of the philosophy of Mao Zedong. Mao launched in 1951 the so-called “Three Antis movement” against corruption, a wasteful […]

Sale of Exxon Mobil stakes makes Beijing top consumer of Iraq’s oil

Sale of Exxon Mobil stakes makes Beijing top consumer of Iraq’s oil

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp has decided to sell its stakes in the West Qurna phase 1 oilfield in Iraq. Exxon will sell its stakes to Chinese state-run oil giant China National Petroleum Corp [CNPC], China’s official newspaper China Daily confirmed on Jan. 24. With […]

As U.S. ‘pivots’ to East Asia, Taiwan is drifting into Beijing’s orbit

As U.S. ‘pivots’ to East Asia, Taiwan is drifting into Beijing’s orbit

Sol W. Sanders   TAIPEI – The U.S.’ 50-year-old alliance with [Formosa] Taiwan is eroding slowly but surely in the face of Beijing’s siren call and growing indifference of the Obama administration. Yet at a moment when U.S. strategy ostensibly calls for a “pivot” toward Asia, the de facto alliance could never have been more […]

A modest solution to the China-Japan dispute over islands: They belong to Taiwan

A modest solution to the China-Japan dispute over islands: They belong to Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders TAIPEI – Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, former Taiwan vice president, proposes a demilitarized settlement of the East China islands flash point between China and Japan. In an interview with WorldTribune, Lu claimed Taiwan actually has the best claim to the Diaoyutai/Senkaku chain of uninhabited islands. Although China seems to […]

Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

Sol W. Sanders   BEIJING – Only a few hours in this capital of a country with 1.3 billion people are enough to pose the question of whether the control of the Communist Party may not be cracking under the growing strains accompanying the exposure of its economy to the outside world. Stalin perhaps had […]

Pyongyang poker: N. Korea ups the ante with the U.S., Japan, S. Korea and China

Pyongyang poker: N. Korea ups the ante with the U.S., Japan, S. Korea and China

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Shortly after the Security Council unanimously condemned the recent North Korean missile launch and demanded that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea abandon nuclear testing, Pyongyang’s rulers decided to up the political ante. They announced that they are on the verge of a third nuclear test and for good […]

Xi’s answer to America’s strategic shift to Asia: Closer ties with Moscow

Xi’s answer to America’s strategic shift to Asia: Closer ties with Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com General Secretary and Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping is set to continue the “pro-Russian” policy of his predecessor, Hu Jintao, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership becomes more nervous than ever over Washington’s perceived “anti-China containment policy.” While meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Beijing on […]

Xi Jinping emphasizing rule of law to secure Party’s monopoly on power

Xi Jinping emphasizing rule of law to secure Party’s monopoly on power

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Xi Jinping, newly anointed general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has lost no time laying down what will likely be a leitmotif of his 10-year tenure: promoting “constitutional Socialism with Chinese characteristics.” This so-called “Back to the [Chinese] Constitution” movement will be kicked off after fellow […]

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